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that's fine.h@ ♪ in the news this thursday morning, a man is shot to death in oakland with his own gun. police say he had just pulled the weapon to shoot at another man. >> crumbled cars and twisted metal. an out of control dump truck turns an oakland off-ramp into a wrecking yard. >> emeryville at the bay bridge this morning. a dry commute and cooler this morning. >> and with that, with those conditions, we're off to a better start. live shot of the toll plaza, no delays, not a lot of accidents but road work i'll tell but coming up. >> a florida minister says he sees no reason to cancel plans to burn the karan on saturday. the state department is ordering
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u.s. embassies to assess security for violence. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping our news, police are investigating an overnight homicide in east oakland where the victim was actually killed with his own gun. it happened after 10:00 last night when a group of men were eating at a taco truck parked at a lot near 44th avenue and international boulevard. another group of men drove up, there was some kind of dispute. one of the men who had been eating took out a gun and fired it. there was a scuffle and somebody grabbed the gun and shot him dead. >> the victims, witnesses and police all agree that a chain reaction crash in oakland could have been much worse. a driver claims his dump truck lost its brakes and he had no way to stop tons of steel before plowing into 13 other vehicles. abc 7's amy hollyfield explains. >> the driver of this dump truck said he felt like he was
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floating when he realized his brakes weren't working and he was barreling out of control to a line of cars. >> the whole way down, all i can say. just oh, god. nothing else i could say. >> he jumped out of the truck after the crash to check on everyone and was especially relieved when he realized no one was in the backseat of the honda he hit. >> i think that everybody's really lucky. we're fortunate there was nobody in the backseat of the honda or in some of the other cars. i think we were very lucky. >> the honda's driver's daughter was overcome with emotion when she saw the smashed car. >> started crying. i said is that your car. she said it's my dad's. i said i'm so sorry, but you got out. i'm happy about that. she was upset. >> 13 cars in all were damaged in the wreck. one of the drivers, 17-year-old katie evans got a big hug from her mom when she got to the
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scene and then another one after her mom surveyed the wreckage. >> use the word miracle. >> five people were taken to the hospital but none with life-threatening injuries which is a relief to the truck driver and his wife of ten years. >> just glad that he's okay and everyone made it out alive. so -- >> the driver and his wife did not want to give their last names. the officers here at the seen tell me this is the biggest accident they've seen in their career and it's a miracle everyone walked away. abc 7 news. >> 4:33 now. san francisco streets appear to be safer. there are fewer traffic-related deaths so far this year than at the same time last year. 13 deaths have been recorded this year after two young men died on this head on on crash on saturday night. if that pace continues, analysts project 19 people will die in crashes this year, fewer than
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the 30 last year. police credit their crackdown on drunk drivers and illegal pedestrian crossings. but fewer people are on the streets because of the bad economy. >> 4:34 now. a vallejo man at the center of an east bay murder mystery is out on bail. a judge reduced bail from $2 million to $25,000 yesterday. police arrested him last week after the bodies of his wife and another woman were found in his home. police charged rittenhouse with possession of explosions and bomb-making chemicals also found in the house. prosecutors are still trying to determine his involvement if any in the deaths of the two women. a murder spree committed by valdemoro was shot and killed after a high-speed chase. the search for a possible fifth victim has turned up nothing so far at a pittsburgh landfill. police are expected to continue that search this morning. >> in an exclusive one-on-one
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interview with "good morning america," president obama is calling on a florida minister to listen to those better angels and call off his plan to engage in a karan-burning program this weekend. faith groups met in palo alto. they joined the chorus of voices condemning the plan by terry jones to burn the muslim holy book. the faith leaders are urging peace and tolerance to prevailed. >> i wish had hadn't happened. because it happened, if it actually is a sense to reach and reaffirm who we are. >> i think mr. terry jones is dividing rather than -- >> a celebration of diversity is planned tomorrow evening outside the santa clara county administration building. on the national level some political enemies are now joining forces to denounce the planned burning. >> pastor terry jones says his
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small florida congregation still plans to burn the karan this weekend, though it seems most of the world disagrees. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> sarah palin tweeted her opposition to jones. pat robinson criticized him on tv. >> this is so stupid. >> the f.b.i. says retaliation is likely and a state department ordered assessment of their security if jones goes ahead with his plan. >> we want to be judged by who we are as a nation, not something that is so aberrationnal and we'll make that case as strong as possible. >> the burning is planned saturday, the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. two blocks from ground zero is more debate, the cleric behind a proposed mosque tells cnn moving it now would be giving in. >> not done something to create more divisiveness.
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our national security now, it hinges on how we negotiate this. >> back in florida, they called on jones to change his mind, one more plea that so far is in vain. >> i told them the world will admire your courage if you come out and say because of my devotion to christ and to the bible, i'm gonna do the right thing. >> in a new abc news poll, 26% of americans admit feelings of prejudice against muslims, just over half the islam as a peaceful religion. >> it's 4:37. cal tran is pouring another $300 million into construction of the new eastern span of the bay bridge. the added money will cover extra construction work and other problems that may arise as the suspension portion of the span goes up. despite the additional costs, the bridge's overall budget remains unchanged at $6.2 billion. cal tran says it remains optimistic the new span will be
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finished on time by the end of 2013. >> say long-time landmark along oakland's telegraph avenue will reopen today with a different name after shutting its doors this summer. melvin danish's bakery closed in july after 81 years in business. employees banded together as taste of denmark. it includes the building's landlords. place of denmark will have a grand opening next month. looking at that your stomach is growling. >> not yet but i'm gonna get there. have my coffee here. >> it will be complete. >> i do. mike, what's going on? >> maybe it's almost as sweet as the danish but maybe not as filling. live doppler. in all pretty quiet. we have the possibility of drizzle in the higher elevations of the mountains around the santa clara valley. otherwise it's going to be a pretty quiet commute and one that's cooler than yesterday. look at the 40s up in the north
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bay valleys. also los gatos, the rest of us in the 50s. these temperatures are running anywhere from 3 degrees cooler than yesterday, san francisco and oakland, to 10 in santa rosa, napa, 6 in menlo park, 4 fremont. san jose, los gatos and concord 8 degrees cooler than antioch. during the afternoon hours though we'll see a little warming trend today, more sunshine. not quite as breezy as yesterday. mid to upper 60s around san francisco, richmond, san rafael, san mateo, oakland, palo alto and low to mid-70s for the rest of us. accu-weather seven-day forecast and we just keep climbing. another 4 to 8 degrees warmer friday and a couple more degrees of warmth possible around the bay and inland over the weekend and a pretty steady pattern of morning clouds and afternoon sunshine through wednesday of next week. turn it over to frances, see if there are any problems this morning. >> good morning, everyone. no major problems but there's some road work going on. if you're getting ready to leave
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work soon, look out for these spots. it should be cleared by 5:00 this morning. in oakland southbound 880 approaching 23rd, the three right lanes are blocked for emergency slab repair until about 5:00 this morning. if you want an alternate, 580's not bad either but at this point 880 seems to be getting by fine. a closure off the san mateo bridge, eastbound 92 blocked at 880 and that should be cleared at 5:00 as well. >> definitely seems easier this morning. frances, thanks a lot. 4:40 now. >> a peninsula community proposed a city job for everyone. still ahead, the exceptions that are raising some questions. >> also a bay area family is about to be forced out of their home of ten years. coming up why city hall says it's seizing the property. >> and san jose says it wants to host the next tour of california. up next why it wants to be at th fiber one chewy bar. how'd you do that?
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good morning. thursday, 4:42. a live look at the eastern span of the bay bridge where traffic is moving well. yesterday you remember there was a stall that caused delays. so far so good what frances is saying and air travel should be better as well. the heavy drizzle yesterday, gone as well. mike's going to fill us in on the warm-up coming up. >> san mateo is using eminent domain to force a family out of the home they've lived in 15 years. the city needs the property to expand its busiest fire station so the city council moved to seize the property after the owner rejected a $975,000 offer. a family of 15 has rented the home for the last ten years. even though the city will compensate them to relocate, the family says it has no idea where it will go. the 40-year-old fire station will be torn down and rebuilt. >> if you get a job with the city of mountain view in the future, you have to get
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fingerprinted. the city council voted to require it for all new hires to be sure they're not leaving with criminal history. the ruling exempts the elected members. it was argued they too should be fingerprinted but lost out. some bay area cities are fingerprinting new workers including sunnyvale and santa clara. >> the biggest cycling event, the tour of california again, but only if the riders cross the finish line there. the san jose mercury news says they will only accept a staged finish planned for may. san jose is the only city that hosted some part of the race in each of its five years so far. city officials believe the race will draw bigger crowds if the stage finishes rather than starts in san jose. stages have started the last two years in south bay's biggest city. >> still ahead, the top aide for senator barbara boxer caught bringing dope to work.
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forward and help police arrest his killer three months after his death. so far san mateo police have offered a $50,000 reward and served 25 search warrants but they don't appear to be any closer to solving the murder of community activist david lewis. lisa amin gulezian explains. >> they filed into hillsdale mall on a mission. >> can we give you a flier. we're hoping for help in solving a murder. >> 5:40 p.m. june 9th, someone shot and killed david lewis in the parking lot of hillsdale mall. three months later at 5:40 p.m. his friends and family are asking shoppers for help because lewis' killer is still out there. >> and this is the time of day it happened. it's pretty busy here and almost impossible for a car to shoot someone without someone noticing. >> but very few people are talking and that's exactly what investigators say they need to solve this case. >> that's what makes cases like this the most difficult, when
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you only have a suspect and victim and don't have a lot of witness information. >> police are calling this case a high priority. the police chief also passed out fliers. the one who wants this case closed most is lewis' widow. she visited specific stores. >> this was david's favorite store. >> yeah. came in here a lot. a very nice guy. >> my stomach is really in knots. i wanted to come back to the scene of the crime where my husband was murdered. but i need to be here. >> it's a sentiment shared by many. lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> a suspect is under arrest in connection with a pot-growing operation discovered in the east bay hills. police seized 2,000 mature marijuana plants at the regional wilderness park in san ramon. police spotted another suspect in the area but he got away before officers could catch up with him.
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>> an aide to senator barbara boxer is facing marijuana charges in washington. march -- police arrested him yesterday after they spotted him removing pot from his pocket after he went through screening at an office building. stanley resigned as soon as news of the arrest came out. >> boxer dead even if bid for election against carly fiorina. gives republican meg whitman a slight edge in the governor's race. 48% for whitman to 46% for brown. >> in colorado, four people are missing from the wildfire burning in the foothills near boulder. that blaze is only 10% contained this morning. flames have destroyed 135 homes so far making it the most destructive fire in state history. the blaze covered ten square miles, about 6200 acres in a populated area and forced the
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evacuation of 3500 residents. fire conditions may worsen today with winds expected to pick up and humidity to fall. there have been no injuries reported so far though. the cause of the fire is still unknown. >> 4:51. a check on the weather. what about us? >> tomorrow's fire day. pretty much. still fuel out there, still pretty dry but it's going to be cool today, not as breezy as yesterday. show you some of the clouds making a late surge across san francisco and into the bay and over to the east bay, the south bay the cloudyiest area with the cooler and drier air having a hard time pushing into the santa clara valley. let's check out these temperatures. yeah! you may have noticed if you left the windows opened last night it's a little cooler in the house. 49 santa rosa, 47 napa. everybody else in the mid to upper 50s until you get to los gatos right at 50 degrees. monterey bay, mostly cloudy conditions and temperatures in the mid to upper 50s also around gilroy and salinas.
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our highlight, breezes and we'll relax today. it will be brighter and won't be nearly as cool as yesterday but still cool by average standards. partly cloudy, cool and dry. no need to worry about drizzle for tomorrow morning's commute. warmer tomorrow and kind of steady through the weekend. not these huge temperature swings. the low pressure moved to the east. the cold front moved to the south but the pocket of cold air behind it, we're still in it and notice we're really on the back side of it today and that's why it starts to modify. when it moves out tomorrow, that's when we see our biggest jump in temperatures. low to mid-70s in the south bay with san jose, campbell 72 degrees. partly cloudy on the peninsula. mid to upper 60s from millbrae, san mateo. redwood city southward, upper 60s to near 70. upper 50s along the coast with more sunshine. maybe 60 in the sunset, downtown south san francisco and sausalito mid-60s with upper 60s around san rafael. look for low to mid-70s through
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the north bay valleys. even sunshine upper 50s at your beaches. east bay shore mid to upper 60s with oakland and san leandro 67. fremont slightly warmer at 70. east bay valley low to mid-70s with concord 75. morgan hill, gilroy, low 70s for you. hollister and most of the monterey bay in the mid-60s. monterey a little cooler, 61 and carmel at about 59. let's take a look at the entire state. look how cool in the central valley. chico 79, fresno 78 with partly cloudy conditions. not as breezy in tahoe and 58. a few sprinkles, a little sunshine around l.a. and san diego, low to mid-70s. palm springs, the warmest spot across the state, only 84 today. a look what's going to happen tonight. a few clouds hang around the bay and along the coast with temperatures low to mid-50s there. mainly clear skies. still cool in the north bay valleys.
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cloverdale, santa rosa, napa all mid to upper 80s. 7-day forecast about 4 to 8 degrees warmer across the board to the coast to inland areas and throughout the weekend morning clouds, afternoon sunshine, low 60s at the coast. mid-70s around the bay and mid-80s inland. hope you have a great thursday. here's frances. >> it is looking pretty great on the road. much quieter start. a live shot of 680 at walnut creek. all looks great off the venetia bridge. interstate 80 looking good for headlights moving westbound. 19 minutes the drive time from the carquinez bridge. heading across the san mateo bridge eastbound 92 should be reopened in about 5 minutes so then we shouldn't have any trouble getting in towards hayward. in the south bay you won't find any problems. very light traffic right now. here's a live shot of the 280 and 17 interchange. that's northbound 280 and you can barely make out highway 17 across your screen. get the latest traffic
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conditions anytime and you can have personalized drive times sent to your e-mail. you'll find it under the bay area traffic link. eric? >> frances, thank you. it's 4:55. health officials lifted an advisory at the redwood shores lagoon. people were told to stay away from the water after 50,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the lagoon two weeks ago. a small plane crashed into the lagoon last week spilling fuel into the water. the accident killed three people. yesterday the environmental health department reopened the lagoon to swimmers and boaters. >> the highway patrol technology and enforcement for causing car theft to dip in california for the fourth year in a row. auto theft fell from 2008 to 2009. police recovered 88% of the cars stolen last year. five southern california counties, los angeles, orange,
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riverside, san diego account for more than half, 53% of all stolen cars in california. >> a bay area musician is offering a reward for the return of two guitars stolen from his home. rob flynn is the lead singer and guitarist for the heavy metal band machine head. somebody broke into his only on tuesday while he was picking his son up from school. >> for me the other stuff can be replaced but the guitars are priceless to me. the one guitar i wrote and recorded my first album, burn my eyes with it. 18 years ago. very, very sentimental to me. ♪ >> the other blue lightning bolt guitar was given to him by bad darrell, the late guitar player for pantara. >> the california supreme court turns thumbs down for supporters of proposition 8. the story just ahead abc 7 news
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at 5:00. >> burning copies of the karan on 9/11, religious groups banning that protest. the whole fiery debate left one group with the president weighing in on this. i'm terry mcsweeney. the story as minutes away. >> the drive to bring the a's to san jose p ♪ [ female announcer ] yoplait's real fruit and the goodness of dairy... gives you a little slice of happy. and happess comes in 25 delicious flavors. explore them all. yoplait. it is so good. the yoplait you can't get enough of. now in a four pack.
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